It depends on who you ask.
Comics and collectibles publisher IDW has announced their plans for NYCC this year. Look for booth HB905 in the Artists’ Alley for book signings with the top talent on their payroll including Kevin Eastman, G. Willow Wilson, Scott Snyder, and others yet to be revealed. There will be giveaways all day at the booth, as well as live sketchings, art displays and portfolio reviews.
You likely know all about Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts cast, but how much do you know about their creator? Top Shelf Productions, a division of IDW, has released a new biography of the man his friends called “Sparky,” but it’s unlike any other biography on the market. This one is told through the medium he forever affected — the form of a comic strip.
Kevin Eastman’s The Last Ronin, a TMNT story set in a hypothetical dark future where Michelangelo is the last living Turtle, was a huge hit for publisher IDW. It made the New York Times bestseller list and drove the company to introduce expansions like a prequel called Lost Years and even a book consisting of just the covers. Now it’s time for the next step, as Eastman and IDW announce The Last Ronin II. Turns out the Ronin wasn’t so “last” after all!
Everyone groaned over how distasteful the killing of Ms. Marvel was in Spider-Man #26, a move purely for shock value that wasn’t even that shocking. Comic book deaths being pulled as cheap stunts and then quickly reversed is as old as the hills at this point, and sure enough, here comes a new book where she’s alive, well and lively. The only difference is that normally the Big Two wait a few months before doing this.
There may not be a lot of movie news coming out of SDCC this year…but there will be plenty of comics! The likes of Disney and Universal panels will be replaced by panels showcasing what the convention was meant to be about in the first place. Comics publisher IDW has a lot planned, and they laid it all out for us today.
There’s a lot of Persona coming our way, suddenly. News leaked yesterday of two titles coming to consoles soon: a remake of Persona 3 and a Persona 5 spinoff game called Persona 5 Tactica. In the latter, you move stylized P5 characters on a grid, position them strategically, and attack with turn-based moves. It’s much like XCOM or those games where Mario meets the Rabbids.
Oni produced a special preview of PUNCH UP! for Free Comic Book Day earlier this month. Soon you’ll get to read the full volume. This manga-inspired adventure (produced by an American) tells the story of Pitch, a young orphan who has entered the Wide Plains Fighting Tournament with dreams of winning the whole kaboodle. The odds are against the little shrimp, though, unless he can convince legendary fighter Sonny Chan to train him. PUNCH UP! is an all-ages one-shot story that will be released August 30.
Bongo Comics, Matt Groening’s publishing house that mainly printed Simpsons and Futurama material (and assisted Stephen Hillenburg in the Spongebob Comics series), went out of business in 2018, and most people aren’t aware what a loss that truly was. With the Hollywood writer’s strike in full swing we’re hearing a lot of gripes about the studio system. Well, I have yet to hear a single complaint from a former worker about Bongo. It was pretty much the only publisher that WASN’T a profits-first, writers-last organization.
It’s almost Free Comic Book Day! It’s the day the industry set aside to entice new readers by offering free editions of their comics. On this day (May 6, this year) you can simply walk into any comic shop and take something — although different rules will apply. Some shops put a limit on how many free comics you can take. It’s considered polite to buy something from the shop you get the free comics from; it’s the whole reason they’re doing this and they have to pay the distributor to give these “free” comics out.
Last February Marvel Comics promised they would reveal something Spider-Man did in his recent past that would be SO earth-shatering, they dubbed it “the most shocking issue of Amazing Spider-Man in 50 years.”
If there’s one sentence I never expected to type in my lifetime, “official crossover between Ninja Turtles and Stranger Things” is certainly it. Up to this point any comic offshoot of the popular TV series (the latter one) has been strictly canon, often to the detriment of the comics themselves. They often explore nooks and crannies of the existing seasons that aren’t as interesting as the main events and feature barely any of the familiar cast. Was there ever a demand for a miniseries set entirely in Russia that explains how a Demogorgon got there? No, there was not. Give us Eleven, you cowards.